Earlier this month, The Lives of Others (The Hollywood Reporter's review is here) cleaned up at the German film awards, taking home seven trophies including those for best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, best screenplay and best director -- not a bad result for writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who made his directorial debut with the film. His movie, which is a "hard-hitting look" at East Germany's Stasi (a secret police force whose power made trust almost impossible in the communist half of Germany), was controversial at home because of its uncomfortable subject matter, and von Donnersmarck struggled to find financing.

Now, thanks to the lovely people at Sony Pictures Classics, those of us on this side of the proverbial pond will be able to see what all the fuss is about -- they picked up North American distribution rights to the movie at the Cannes market. There's no word yet on when we can expect the film in theaters here, but it's probably safe to assume it'll show up sometime this year.
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